DISINFO: Ukrainian refugees are neo-Nazis destroying the European Union
  • Outlet: baltnews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: April 17, 2023
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, EU, Europe
Refugees Nazi/Fascist War in Ukraine

DISINFO: Ukrainian refugees are neo-Nazis destroying the European Union


Locals in Europe do not like refugees from Ukraine. Part of the refugees are neo-Nazis. They worship leaders of Ukrainian nationalism and shout anti-Russian slogans on the streets. Ukrainian refugees create an existential threat to the European Union. They are agents of Nazism – the enemy which, by mistake, was regarded as defeated.


This article demonises refugees from Ukraine and contains the usual pro-Kremlin disinformation about Nazism.

There are more than 8 million refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe. This is the result of Russia's unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

The European Union reacted rapidly and showed solidarity in action by helping people in need. For the first time in history, the EU activated a Temporary Protection Directive to help with the arrival of refugees from Ukraine.

Ukrainian refugees have become a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. The Washington Post wrote about how Russian disinformation is demonising Ukrainian refugees. Google also reacted to the spread of fakes about refugees from Ukraine.

Ukraine is not a Nazi state, and Nazism is not Ukraine’s ideology. The accusation of Nazism and building a link to Nazi Germany is one of the favourite techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets. Read our past analysis Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

Learn more about the reasons behind the Kremlin's obsession with framing Ukraine as a Nazi state in the EUvsDisinfo analysis titled "Why does Putin portray himself as the tamer of neo-Nazism".

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